The Sundays with Alumni program allows students to gain relevant knowledge in specific career fields as well as network with alumni from various industries. The program highlights Connecticut College’s liberal arts education and increases the profile and accessibility of successful alumni to current students. Each event includes a private dinner and conversation for up to 30 students. Registration is required.
SOFTWARE & TECH: Sunday, April 10, featuring Jordana Gustafson '01, Director, Code Fellows
Jordana Gustafson is director of Code Fellows in Portland, Oregon. She oversees the code school's local operations, including market growth and expansion, marketing and PR, and student support & professional development. Prior to this role, she worked as a producer and reporter for NPR stations and programs. She spent a year filing from Puebla, Mexico and two years reporting overseas for a documentary radio program about US foreign policy. Her work has been heard on Marketplace, The World, All Things Considered and This American Life. She and her family live in Portland, Oregon.
Fall 2015 events:
POLITICS: Sunday, Oct. 25, featuring Jordan Kaplan '00, National Finance Director, Democratic National Committee
Jordan Kaplan currently serves as the National Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee. He oversees all fundraising activity and events affiliated with the DNC. Jordan joined President Obama’s political world in March 2004 for the Senate campaign. He served as the downstate Illinois director and co-national finance director during the 2004 Senate race. When Obama for America was launched, in 2007, Jordan raised the initial capital for the first presidential campaign as Illinois Finance Director. Following the 2008 campaign, he was the finance director for Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago mayoral campaign, raising over $14 million in six months. He served as the Illinois finance director on President Obama’s re-election campaign, raising more than $22 million in Illinois. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.
LAW: Sunday, Nov. 15, featuring Christine Cesare '81, Partner, Bryan Cave
Christine Cesare is one of six members of the firm's Management Committee and leads its Litigation Section. The Management Committee manages the day-to-day worldwide operations of the firm. Christine served as head of Bryan Cave's Commercial Litigation Client Service Group from 2008 to 2013 and also previously served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and its Compensation Committee. Christine is a litigator with a practice focus on complex commercial litigation, including class actions. In the area of complex banking and business litigation, she has represented financial institutions in actions and class actions involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, lender liability, negligence, indemnification and unjust enrichment as well as claims under various state and federal statutes, including consumer statutes. In addition to complex commercial litigation, Christine has represented corporate clients in actions involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information.
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